Soldier Pass Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, AZ that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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There are two trailheads that you can use to get there. Both are accessed by 89A. To get to the closest trailhead to Soldier Pass trail is by turning North on Soldier Pass Road to its conclusion. At the other trailhead you will need to take Jordan Road to its end, then hike either Jordan trail or Brins Mesa to get to Soldiers Pass. Both trailheads require a Red Rocks Pass. There are machines to buy a pass at both places.
Great hike! Flat in some areas, but a good climb in others. Wonderful views of the Sedona area. Used this trail to the Brins Mesa Trail, Cibola Trail, Jordan and back to Soldiers Pass (for the short walk to the parking lot) to make it a loop trail. Parking lot is small, but you can park along the street close to it.
A nice 4 mile out and back hike. The trail runs through several environs including a healthy juniper forest. Much to see. The map presently shown in red on AllTrails is for the most part incorrect. Much of what is shown is the road for 4 wheel drive vehicles. The trail is the dashed blue line on the east side of the wash. Follow the signs beginning at the trailhead and you will be fine.
Great trail. As easy or as hard as you want it to be. The path for jeeps (make sure you have enough clearance) is an easy walk (also has the seven pools on it). We took the hiking trail with a few detours (the dried out creek beds look like paths in locations), but it is very easy to get back on track. Would have loved to extend the hike and stay all day. Wonderful mix of scenery and foliage. Cell reception throughout. Get there early. When we got back the parking lot (which opens promptly at 8 on a timer) was full. Saw many older and young children. Many alternative trails that diverge from main path.
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This guide does not show the right fork to Devil's Kitchen (a big hole in the ground with a cool, steep ledge to climb at the end), right at the begining of the trail. Lots of fun, very close to town, I took it several times a day.
I did the entire loop. We parked at the alternative parking, there was more parking at this location. Did Brin's Mesa first, then looped around to Soldier Pass. There are no trail markers for the arches, but we were lucky to find a lady that hikes this trail often. She showed us the way and they were beautiful. The 7 pools had water in them and they were amazing! The sinkhole was a lot bigger than I thought, but it was pretty cool. We took Jordan to Cibola back to the parking lot. It was a great day, amazing hike.
Loved this hike! Good trail markings and just the right amount of climbing. Not too hard!
Gorgeous red rock views all over. Nice hike through juniper pine forest and open Mesa Very nice hike for the morning so as to avoid temps
This was a beautiful, peaceful trail. Got there at 8am on an August Sat morning and there were only a few others on the trail. Found several shady spots to sit and enjoy the view.
My wife, 6 month old pup and I hiked this trail to the Arches. Round trip was 2.8 miles. The Gate opens at 8am. While this trail provides moderate shade, I would still arrive early to avoid the heat during summer. I fairly easy trail, it provides great views of the cliffs as you walk through the valley. The occasional Jeep tour will pass by so listen for them. Definitely check out the giant sinkhole by taking the route NE out of the parking lot and not the wider Jeep trail.
Trail wasn't much difficulty, connects with Brins Mesa Trail to make around an 8 mile loop. Pretty views. Pay close attention to trail markets as they are easily defined at first but then fade off. We went when there was a 30% chance of rain and got caught in a heavy rain/hail downpour.
Pretty easy moderate trail with a great view at the 2 mile mark. Worth the hike
Very dog friendly hike.
Great hike and view of sedona!
Great hike. The view at the end was incredible.
Did loop that includes Brin's Mesa and Cibola Pass. Good views and not to difficult. Minor rock scramble but moderate difficulty at worst. The Arches are about 1.3 miles in on the Soldiers trail on the right side. There's an obscure trail that will go over to them but it isn't marked. There's not really a "cave" per se but a cool deep arched formation. Brin's Mesa trail doesn't get you near the arches from the back side at all.
Disappointed that we couldn't find the cave. The 7 sacred pools were buzzing with flies. Overall it's a good trail tho - the sinkhole was very cool.